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Manufacturing Rocket Pitch for Solutions – March 2, 2017

MassTLC/MassRobotics/MassMEP team, in collaboration with Greentown West, under
the Advanced
Manufacturing Futures Fund Program
grant, funded by MassDevelopment, held
our third “Manufacturing Rocket Pitch for Solutions” on 2 March 2017 at the
Springfield Technology Park.
goal:  to help robotics, IoT and hardware
start-ups and scale-ups grow and commercialize their products by connecting
them with the local manufacturers and supply chain – turning great ideas into
great products Made in Massachusetts.
Peter Russo from MassMEP, moderated our A-Team
Expert Panel, mostly from the Springfield area and included:
  • Kristin Carlson – Peerless
  • Steve Graham –
    Toner/S&E/Modern Mold Plastics
  • Chris Denney – Worthington
  • Mike Stone – CoFab

Figure 1 Peter Russo with panelist Steve Graham, Chris Denney, Kristin Carlson and Mike Stone

Peter provided an introduction to the program and each
panelist offered tips to startups about what they should know about
manufacturing and offered best practices. All stressed the importance of
advisors and mentors as well as visiting potential suppliers early so that it
may help with product design.
Each startups had a few minutes to: briefly summarize their
company, explain their manufacturing challenge, and summarize what they hoped
the panel can help resolve to make the greatest impact on their companies. This was followed by a panel discussion and
advice offered to each company. Some
experts in the audience also chimed in with information and advice.

Figure 2  Matt Scheuer from Electrona Robotics
discusses some manufacturing challenges while panelists have a closer look
Startup Rocket Pitches by:
Electrona Robotics underwater drones are a tough, flexible,
affordable miniROV platform. They can shoot HD video, carry sensors, and
recover objects under 200 feet of freezing cold water in total darkness, or it
can simply help children and students explore under the local dock.   http://electronarobotics.com/
Kwema is the
personal safety jewelry, a fashionable bracelet with a hidden panic button that
notifies friends & family, security services (Campus Police/Third Party
Security) & our secret weapon of app community users closest to your
location. Kwema’s stand-alone app has 2 features:  First Responders (accessible to all users)
and Call4Help free for Friends & Family and upgradable to access community
& security services. https://kwema.co/
QuikCord Inc., a
veteran owned and operated company is in the process of developing a patent
pending product, a hand-held military utility devise, designed to carry, cut,
and deploy military rope (550- para cord) during tactical situations. With the
motivation that “Time wasted on the battle field, could lead to life lost on
the battle field”, the QuickCord team is committed to bring its product to
market, and is currently prototyping various applications.
Nonspec is designing, developing, and delivering, a low cost and
durable adjustable prosthetic limb for developing nations. They make an
affordable, adjustable, ISO compliant, and mass producible prosthetic limb kit
that can fit amputees around the world with simple adjustment. The prosthetic device novel design
significantly reduces manufacturing cost, enabling mass production. The
skeleton is designed with interchangeable “off the shelf” components that can
be assembled into a prosthetic that is the size our patient needs.  The
ability for the device to grow increases its usable life from 6-8 months to up
to 4 years in pediatric cases, further decreasing the burden on families.  http://www.Nonspec.org
Figure 3  Erin Keaney and Jonathan Perez de Alderete
show Nonspec’s prosthetic

And thank you to our host:   

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